Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Pretzel M&M Blondies

Tonight I am all about preparing for tomorrow. Tomorrow is a big day in my life! I am lead-teaching the honors algebra class and I am being observed for the first time by both my university supervisor and my cooperating teacher (the main teacher of the class).  I am a little nervous, but I am mostly excited.  Also, tomorrow is a DTS study night so I am getting all prepped for that.  That means baking something delicious.  What is truly convenient about this is that baking helps me de-stress and feel good and Glee is on tonight, something that also puts me in an awesome mood!

I am totally going to rock tomorrow!
Tower of Delish!

I can't wait to teach my lesson.  I designed the lesson plan a while ago, and as of now, it is all set to go.  I am teaching a lesson on simplifying radicals (things with square roots).  The lesson in the book is pretty simple and I used the teacher-edition to help me get ideas.  I think I have a pretty solid plan.  The key ingredients: confidence and an exit slip.  I am going to start with a warm-up, check homework, go over homework (there shouldn't be too many questions), and then jump right in!  The kids are going to do some problems in groups and share their ideas for solving the problems.  We will go over strategies and definitions as a class and then I will hand out the exit slip.  An exit slip is an awesome teacher tool (not to mention all-the-rage in teacher education right now) and so I am using it to both get/give feedback for my class and get a good report from my supervisor (because he loves exit slips!).  An exit slip is a good way to give the kids practice and then see how they understood the lesson.  Then, you give them feedback on their work and hand it back to them the next day.  This way, they get to see if they understood the material and receive ideas for improvement if needed. My cooperating teacher loves them, but also expressed the frustration she has with them. Exit slips are awesome, but when you have 100 or more students, they can be unrealistic.  So, lesson learned: use them sparingly and use them on lessons and in classes where it is more difficult to gage student engagement during class.  After the exit slip, the class will have some time to work on homework.  I have a really good feeling about tomorrow and I can't wait to teach!!!

My life in a photo...
For tomorrow's study night, I made blondies with pretzel M&Ms in them! MMM! I am obsessed with pretzel M&Ms.  M&Ms were always one of my favorite candies, but when they came out with the pretzel variety, I was sold: they are no longer one of my favorites, they are my one and only favorite! So, why not throw them into blondies?  Check it out:

Pretzel M&M Blondies (adapted from Bakeaholic Mama)

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups Pretzel M&Ms

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, salt, and baking soda.
3. In a large bowl, beat melted butter with both sugars until well combined.  Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and beat to combine.  Slowly add in the flour mixture until just combined.  Stir in the M&Ms.

4. Spread batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 25-28 minutes or until edges begin to brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely.
Enjoy :)


  1. Ok - I love these - but I really love the candies you put in them - colorful and fun!

  2. Baking does have a way of cheering you up and you sound like you are well prepared for the lesson. Pretzels and M&Ms are a good choice when you crave that salty sweet. These do look tasty and much easier than making formed cookies. Well done!

    1. Thanks! This was the perfect recipe to brighten my day :)

  3. These look yummy! Pretty too,very springy!

  4. This bar has two of my favorite things! M&M's and blondie batter!!!

  5. Shhh- dont tell my kids that I have been snacking on their pretzel M&Ms from Easter while they are at school. Now I can "hide" them in these Blondies instead- yum!!

  6. Hope the lesson went swimmingly. These are some seriously gorgeous blondies.

    1. Thanks! It did :). I was told that I was very organized and that my lesson plan was successful because everything I did supported my learning goals for the day!

  7. I tried making blondies once and it didn't work. Maybe I should try again with your recipe. We don't have them in England. :-)

    1. I think you should give them a try! They are so yummy! Enjoy :)

  8. Love pretzel M&Ms! This is my kind of treat :) Hope your day went well!!

  9. I haven't tried the pretzel m&ms yet because I love a chocolate & pretzel combo of any sort and can see the impending danger. I bet your students would pay very close attention if they thought there was a possibility of scoring one of these!

    1. Haha, I brought in cookies on the last day and a student actually said, "your cookies have inspired me to do great things!"...crazy 8th graders!